30 Youths Selected For Young Pioneer Lawyers Programme

Last update: 02/05/2014

KUALA LUMPUR -- Thirty youths have been selected to take part in the Young Pioneer Lawyers Programme initiated by Umno Youth with each participant getting a funding of RM200,000 to set up a law firm.

Organised jointly by the Malaysian Volunteer Lawyers Association (SukaGuam), Umno Youth's Young Professionals Bureau, Al Rajhi Bank, and the Islamic Dakwah Foundation Malaysia (Yadim), the programme was launched by Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin here last Wednesday.

In his speech, Khairy, who is also Umno Youth chief, said the programme was aimed at empowering young professionals to be people-friendly and fostering collaboration between the organisers and apprentices to prepare them mentally and physically to face legal challenges.

"It is also an effort to get young lawyers closer to the community and nurture strong community-oriented professionals as people generally perceive that young professionals are unapproachable and there is a status and lifestyle gap between them," he said.

Present were SukaGuam chairman Datuk Khairul Anwar Rahmat, Umno Youth's Young Professionals Bureau chairman Shahril Hamdan and Al Rajhi Bank chief executive officer Datuk Azrulnizam Datuk Abd Aziz.

Under the programme, the participants will undergo a three-month training under the tutelage of legal, corporate, banking, marketing, branding and social entrepreneurship specialists before opening their own law firm.

Khairy said the programme would be extended to other fields through the mentor-mentee initiative, career guidance and capacity building so that more young professionals move their career up the value chain and enable Umno Youth to get more young people to play a bigger role in various economic sectors.

At the event, Khairy witnessed the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between SukaGuam, the Umno Youth's Young Professionals Bureau and Al Rajhi Bank.